Unless you rigorously wipe down the inside of your oven after it's cooled off following each meal, you're bound to end up with charred food crust that can stink up your kitchen. A more manageable plan is to clean the oven after every few uses -- maybe every week or month, depending on how often you use it.
Mother Nature Network tells you how to do the chore without relying on chemical-heavy cleaning sprays. You can whip up your own cleaning concoctions with ingredients such as baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar. For tough grease stains, opt for dish soap, a sponge and elbow grease. The article recommends using a self-cleaning option sparingly, because it uses a lot of energy.
In order to make the job easier, place crumbly dishes on cookie sheets to prevent spillage. And disobey instructions on frozen pizzas that command you to place them directly on the rack, opting for the pan-cooking alternatives when available.
How to clean an oven naturally [Mother Nature Network]